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Malta’s arts festival for children attracts record crowds

Malta’s international arts festival for children has been hailed a success.

The ninth edition of ZiguZajg attracted a record 21,000 visitors during its 10 day run.

More than 8,500 of them were pupils from 45 different schools across Malta and Gozo.

Festival director Daniel Azzopardi said he was delighted by the positive reaction to the events.

He told 89.7 Bay: ‘This edition of ZiguZajg has yet again exceeded expectations with respect to the quality and diversity of the programme, outreach and community engagement initiatives.

‘Also the numerous creatives involved, the hard-working technical and logistic crews, administrative staff and numerous venue assistants; and of course high participation by schools and the general public.’

The festival, which was held from November 15 to 24, brought together more than 130 creatives from 11 countries.

The repertoire consisted of 112 performances and 19 workshops spread over 12 different venues.

Most of the events were held in Valletta and Gozo as part of a strategy to make the arts more accessible to everyone.

This year’s festival also focussed on a number of topical issues, including the environment, multiculturalism and bullying.

ZiguZajg was organised by Fondazzjoni Kreattivita.

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